Employee Benefits Law

Employee Benefits Law - Professor Tom Kramer

  • Course Number: LAW-376
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by Registrar
  • Description: The course provides an introduction to employee benefits law, focusing on the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended to the present, and the income tax provisions that govern tax-deferred and tax-exempt compensation. The course also addresses state regulation in areas not preempted by ERISA. This class is valuable for aspiring business lawyers, who will gain ideas about how to compensate workers most effectively, and how benefit plans can be assets or liabilities in acquisitions and dispositions. The class is also valuable for aspiring labor and employment lawyers, who will gain ideas about how to attract and retain employees, the enforcement of benefit commitments and the interaction between collective bargaining and benefit plans.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Attendance & class participation, two short writing assignments, and a take-home exam
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no